I’m on my honeymoon right now (woo woo!), so here’s a bunch of “hacked” Shortpacked! strips from 4chan that I found and saved to my hard drive about three years ago.
You know, these were a lot less profane than I assumed they would be.
these are a lot tamer than i figured they would be, considering the source. the last one was pushing it, but still not that bad
I think 4chan in general is a lot tamer than most people expect it to be. I mean, it’s a festering shithole full of lonely, bitter, maladjusted, and above all bored people looking to take full advantage of anonymity to express any and all socially unacceptable thoughts regardless of consequence… But that’s hardly unique on the internet. Most of the folk there you can find pretty much anywhere. Not everyone’s a pedophile or sociopath, they just mostly don’t mind sharing cyberspace with such people (which is still pretty disturbing).
I believe the really bad stuff occurs on the part of 4chan called the \b\ board?For the most part it’s just the usual amount of internet profanity there.
Yes, /b/ is the bowels of Hell, although some threads on /co/ can get pretty damn terrible, too. Depends on the topic.
/co/mrade here, actually. For the past four days, there’s been a /co/ thread with the following opening:
“It’s [Insert Day Here] night, /co/. You know what that means. Lesbians.”
I’m not going to sit around and argue any of their points, but this comic is one of the poorer edits seen this week. But it makes up for it in the last panel where Ethan ends up just standing there looking proud of himself for no good reason. It’s his usual 3pm to 4pm activity and he’s not going to let a debate get him down.
Saving the most bafflingly contructed for last, eh? (Please tell me this is the last.)
This one’s definitely the weakest of the bunch.
Mainly because in this case 4chan is wrong, and defensive about it.
I dunno, I think they had a point at the time. This was before it became apparent how much of an ‘effing mess the cast really was.
Which has jack all to do with the design of Superman’s costume, which is what the original strip and the vitriol that inspired it were about.
The dictionary defines a “fan” as someone who is irrational and incapable of critical thought towards their enthusiasm. Calling someone a “fan” has to be one of the worst insults imaaginable. And calling oneself a “fan” is the depth of self-debasement.
Can the comics make satire of fandom worse than fandom does to itself?
Hmmm, that’s funny. I just checked dictionary.com, and it says “fan” means, primarily, “any device for producing a current of air by the movement of a broad surface or a number of such surfaces.”
4Chan /b/tards must’ve hacked the site. I’m sure your definition is the correct one.
oh man, oh man… oh fan!
You mean the dictionary in your head, that the voices keep telling you to consult?
Well, fan derives from “Fanatic” so perhaps that word’s definition? I’m too lazy to look it up.
Old_Crow, I’d bet you a dollar that’s not the first definition to be found in any reputable dictionary. The definition I’ve seen that strikes me as most useful is “an ardent follower or admirer.” Granted, the word has roots in “fanatic,” which does have a more negative slant, but that means nothing once you accept that language changes.
As far as I can tell, the rewriter of this strip, just like the rewriters of Monday’s and Wednesday’s, doesn’t adequately understand what he or she is attempting to satirize. Ethan’s smug, shit-eating grin is self-satire. The guy who asks “Did one kick your puppy?” is not a strawman, he’s an actual acknowledgment that yes, Ethan is being kind of… religious in his disgust, here.
In short, in order to prove that Shortpacked “takes cheap jabs at fanboys without realizing their own flaws,” the 4channer rewrites a strip where Shortpacked openly acknowledges that its worldview is slanted, and therefore flawed.
You know, I don’t care how gross 4chan gets. I actually thought Thursday’s strip was okay, and Tuesday’s was pretty funny, benefiting as it did from hindsight. What bugs me is sloppy, lazy thinking, and 4chan has that in spades.
God, David, please tell me you don’t have any more of these, or you might actually succeed in turning me into an Ethan at last.
To be honest, I’ve met a few of people who LOVE Shortpacked! who don’t seem to actually “get it” either. They applaud Ethan for telling off fanboys, and making them look stupid by showing them how wrong they are about pretty much everything — and often try to emulate him on various message boards — while missing the point completely.
Which I’ve always seen as that Ethan is kind of a hypocrite. That he’s just a much an arrogant screaming fanboy as those he denounces. Only instead of going online and bitching about Hasbro’s flaws to his fellow fans, he goes to work and bitches to his co-workers about fandom’s flaws. Most of whom, I might add, really couldn’t care less.
It’s interesting, going back and reading the original version of this one, and realizing that the guy Ethan is talking to is actually Thad! Thad of course has called Ethan on his attitude on another occasion, in spectacular fashion. It’s actually one of my favorite Shortpacked! strips. If only to see Ethan get a taste of his own medicine for once.
As for 4chan, I’ve only been there once, and that was when Willis had put a link of to show these “hacked” strips, back when they first came out. So I don’t really have an opinion of them.
Multiplex is similar, except that the creator freely points out how much of an asshole Jason is. I think things do tend to go a little better when people realize that just because a character’s the protagonist doesn’t mean he’s not also a dick.
Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s comics are all from the same guy, but Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are from others.
I’m surprised the first guy gave up after only three of these, but as I recall, 4chan’s reviews of the edits were just a wee bit harsher than ours.
doesn’t adequately understand what he or she is attempting to satirize.
People who satirize satire rarely do. I’m not sure what it’s like when satirizing satirized satire.
I watched a high school parody Glee this week. It was so horribly painful.
Holy shit, it’s T Campbell.
Um, it’s not like this is the first time he’s ever posted here, you know?
It’s a minor point, but why are they holding up BATMAN FOREVER as their anti-standard and not BATMAN AND ROBIN? Especially since that’s the one with the costumes that everyone remembers?
Ahhhh, I see. You’re doing a compare-and-contrast by showing what *actual* strawman arguments are like.
It is amazing how much these miss the point of the very thing they’re mocking. Shortpacked! doesn’t so much mock fandom as it mocks idiots and fanboyism, and this comic makes fun of itself on a regular basis. An excellent example of a straw man.
Then again, 4chan also thinks humanity in Avatar were the good guys just because they had k3w1 m3ch4.
Actually, I remember the internet hate-on about Superman’s costume. It wasn’t about how it looked, it’s the fact that it was supposedly self-aware and would be fighting crime on its own while Kal-El was off on his day job. Fortunately that was also back when Nicholas Cage was in the running for the role of Supes, and every other superhero in their movies.
No, actually, this strip was about the Superman Returns costume, long after giant spiders and Nicholas Cage aspects were out of the picture.
Yeah, the big problem I remember going on about was that it was textured. (With little s-shields.)
*I remember people going on about.
I didn’t go on about it.
The last comic book movie I made fun of the costume based on stills was Spider-Man – and the costume came out looking awesome in the actual movie, so I learned my lesson.
This is exactly the reason I tend to avoid what I like to call “The Fandom Menace”, so named from the time Star Wars Episode 1 came out and people actually wanted to kill Ahmed Best over Jar Jar. Psychopath much?
ITT, nerds weh-weh because 4chan is correct.
This, holy crap.
ITC, nerd cares what other nerds think of yet other nerds regarding their opinion of other nerds.
Ha ha ha, you’re precious. Please post more.
… not really much a punchline there, I have to say.
I still say the Superman Returns suit had some sort of uncanny valley effect going on. It was SO CLOSE to the standard Superman design that the minor differences annoyed me, even though I had absolutely no problem with the costumes in the X-Men films.
Am I the only one anal enough to be really bothered by Superman Returns’ costume because it was sky-blue-and-burgundy instead of sapphire-and-scarlet?
Then again I have trouble seeing Superman with sclerae in his eyes, so.. Timm has ruined me forever.
I never really had a problem with the costume. Nope, I waited for the movie itself to offend the crap out of me.
… hey, this is the last guest strip, right?
Let’s GO. The suspense has been MURDERING ME.
So if he holds off continuing the story for a little while longer, the problem will solve itself, right?
I respawn. Lag’s getting pretty bad though.
If it keeps going, it might wind up taking three days for me to come back, and then who knows what would happen.
Because Shortpacked! has never been self-deprecating about anything ever.
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